Just when it seemed that life was returning to
normal in the small town of Amicable Iowa,
two of its leading citizens are caught in the
crosshairs of fate.
At the butchery, when Butcher's hand slips,
almost completely severing his index finger,
he is rushed to the hospital where he comes
face to face with a grim future.
As for Linda Harmsen, her world crashes
down around her as a cancer diagnosis
pulls the rug out from under her life.
In Candlestickmaker, the third book of the Amicable Circle, the reader will come face-to-face with the full force of life, death and everything in between. Many of life’s great questions are channeled to a climactic ending where Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestickmaker must make life-altering choices.
Our Best Source of Happiness
From birth to death, we all need community and home. Reid once again draws on the qualities that provide comfort and how we sometimes try to negate the sources we so need. By bringing out our failings as humans as we assert, incorrectly, that money provides happiness, he expounds the love provided by relationships and community as the most important contributor to what we seek. Well done!
Entertaining with Thoughtful Reflections on Society and Human Nature
I found myself up reading this book until 2-3 in the morning just to find out what was going to happen to our beloved Butcher. I was immersed in the small town of amicable and the nuances of people and their relationships. The author, Matthias, did a great job using imagery to captivate the reader as well as subtly adding layers of depth to the story so that is was not just a pleasurable read, but a reflexion on who we are as people and how we can treat each other.
If you come from a small town, you might "recognize" some of the characters. It is obvious that this telling is an exaggeration of the best and the worst of small town. It made me smile often and occasionally chuckle out loud. Kuddos to the author on his insight and apparent love for small town life.